MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) — Street caroling will be allowed this Christmas, provided that carolers wear face masks and face shields, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

“Sa pangangaroling po kailangan lang tandaan na outdoors dapat, nandyan ‘yung pagsoot ng face mask atsaka face shield,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

Vergeire reminded the public that people expel more respiratory droplets when singing, and increases the risk of transmission of the COVID-19.

Minors in the National Capital Region have been allowed to go outside after nearly two years of being forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 threat.

Last year, several local governments banned caroling ahead of the Christmas holiday. At that time, the new COVID-19 cases recorded daily in the country ranged between 1,000 to less than 2,000.

Meanwhile, the Philippines on Tuesday logged 1,409 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest record reported in nearly nine months. (MNS)

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